The New York Knicks battled it out in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime and defeating the New Orleans Pelicans  122-112.

The Knicks have won six straights’ games and are peaking at the best time of the season, with fourteen games left in the shortened 72 game season, the Knicks are 31-27.

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The six straight wins matches the best the team has done since 2014, and puts them at sixth in the Easter Conference just a half game out of the 5th and 4th positions.

The play of Julius Randle is the big plus factor, but it goes even farther than that, the Knicks have some depth and when one player goes down and or is not having a good game, another steps up and helps this team win games.

Last night we saw Derrick Rose take control and lead this team to victory, down by three points with seven seconds left in regulation, Rose drove into the paint, drawing the defense in just enough to find Reggie Bullock in the corner to hit the three pointer needed to force overtime.

Julius Randle had thirty three points, his fourth consecutive thirty plus performance, RJ Barrett had 18 before fouling our in the fourth quarter.

I listen to NBA great and MSG commentator Walk Clyde Frazier, who has consistently said the keys to a championship team, is defense first, unselfish play, and a belief in your team.

I see all of these things coming together for this team, and although they are still missing a few pieces that would put them in a championship level, they have built something special here.

The Knicks are at home for five more at the garden, before they hit the road for six straight , they have Charlotte on Tuesday, and Atlanta on Wednesday, both fighting for position in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

I’m optimistic that the Knicks will make the playoffs this season, but can they make it though the first round, something they haven’t done since the 2012-13 season, which was the last time they made the playoffs, and had a winning record.

The pressure is on, and the nail biting begins.

Go Knicks!

[NBA.com]

 

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